Product Name Licoricidin
CAS No.: 30508-27-1
Catalog No.: CFN96389
Molecular Formula: C26H32O5
Molecular Weight: 424.5 g/mol
Purity: >=98%
Type of Compound: Flavonoids
Physical Desc.: Powder
Targets: MMP(e.g.TIMP) | ROS | VEGFR | HIF | NOS | COX | NF-kB | p65 | AP-1
Source: The roots of Glycyrrhiza uralensis.
Solvent: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, DMSO, Acetone, etc.
Price: $388/5mg
Licoricidin, is a potent anti-metastatic agent, which can markedly inhibit the metastatic and invasive capacity of malignant prostate cancer cells. Licoricidin and licorisoflavan A are effective in inhibiting the growth of all three bacterial species(Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia and Solobacterium moorei), with minimal inhibitory concentrations in the range of 2-80 ug /ml, they have a potential for reducing bacterial volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) production and therefore for controlling halitosis; they also have potential for the development of novel host-modulating strategies for the treatment of cytokine and/or MMP-mediated disorders such as periodontitis. Licoricidin may be considered as an active ingredient in new topically applied anti-ageing formulations, it blocks UVA-induced photoaging via ROS scavenging,this activity converges to limit the activity of MMP-1.
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    Licorice extracts containing glycyrrhizin exhibit anti-carcinogenic properties. Because glycyrrhizin induces severe hypokalemia and hypertension, we prepared a hexane/ethanol extract of Glycyrrhiza uralensis (HEGU) that lacks glycyrrhizin, and showed that HEGU induces apoptosis and G1 cell cycle arrest and inhibits migration of DU145 human prostate cancer cells. Our previous in vitro studies identified two active components in HEGU: isoangustone A, which induces apoptosis and G1 cycle arrest, and Licoricidin, which inhibits metastasis.
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